Sunday, October 19, 2008

Win More Money at Blackjack With These 3 Casino Promotions

Blackjack by itself is a game of skill. And with common sense knowhow and a familiar understanding of how the game play mechanics work together, one can win over 60% of all those hands very easily per trip. Some well know casinos have even more player interactive bonuses that help players more than hurt them. Especially if you're not familiar with any of them, especially when we make just the "one" visit, it sure would be great to know what they are. Along with the chance to win money by getting those winning hands and beating the house, avid players can make an additional 10-15% more by utilizing these so called casino promotions. Here are the top three bonuses you just have to know before you make that next trip:

Promo#1-Most good sized casinos offer what they call "player's club" cards. What people don't know is that these promotions offer and give away more money, free slot play, gifts, comped meals, and free rooms as general play dictates. What the blackjack player has going for him/her, is that they can use the player cards to get what casinos call a match bet. Depending on how much play you put on a card (stats are tallied depending on bet amounts and play time), player's can get as much as four or five free matches up to $20 per hand in a day's playing session. Place your initial bet of $15 dollars, and with the promotional match, you would have a total of $30 being bet. Win that hand, and you'll win $30 dollars!! Just think how cool this is when your only initial bet was $15 to start, very cool!

Promo#2-Most single deck blackjack tables have something called a royal match bet. It's an extra side bet in addition to the main hand. Most of the time, royal match cannot exceed the initial bet. Place a royal match bet and if the two cards you get dealt are of matching suits (ie:heart-heart, spade-spade, diamond-diamond, or clubs-clubs), you win anywhere from a 3:1 or 5:1 payout depending on casino payout policies. These ratios are the most common. What's cool is if you win the royal match but lost the hand, in most cases you will come out even or ahead. So the next time you see a royal match, throw a dollar on it and try. It would not hurt because you normally win the match one out of four times anyways!

Promo#3-This last bonus is really cool. Some casinos have this extra bonus if you hit a certain combination of cards. Tables will normally have placards under the table limits to highlight these bonuses. I've seen plenty of twenty-one variations, but these are the big hits. Get dealt a 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 to total 21 and the house will pay you an additional $10-$25 dollars for achieving that. Also get a 7-card 21 or an ace-queen suited heart pair and the bonus is just as much. A nice little addition to the winnings and the wonderful thing is that it happens more often than you think!

So the next time you decide to make that weekend trip to the casino, be on the lookout for some of these casino-exclusive deals to help you win more money. Just keep in mind, it's just another opportunity for players to take more of the casino's money. Why leave it to chance??

5 Tips To Win Money at Blackjack - Win Over 65% Of All Hands

Casinos today offer some of the most competitive games available today. Blackjack is just one of the most historically famous and most played card games that takes a masterful understanding to win big. Am I asking those beginning or advanced players to go as far as counting cards of resorting to other cheap tricks to gain the house edge? No, not at all. But what I'm offering is an opportunity to learn some of the most basic plays that will give the player a 65% winning hand advantage over the house. Let's use some easy to understand basic math, play 100 hands and win 65 of them. Make the same exact bets for each, and by the end of the run, you're ahead! Sound's so nice, but what's involved to get there? It's so simple and effortless, however, one must gain control of the emotions to take full advantage of these sensible moves at the blackjack table. Here are the five best tactics to use to win over half of your hands:

Tip#1-This is easy, and it's a no-brainer. Play tables that offer only a one deck game. Stay away from the multi-deck shoes as these give the house a huge advantage. Your winning percentage literally drops to about 30% edge, not a smart way to approach the game. The tables get turned, with the richer concentration of face cards, the house easily attains 17-21's almost 75% of the time. And with that richer concentration, the player attains more busts or 12-16 hands frequently. Stay away from these at all costs.

Tip#2-Keep the betting consistant. Don't waver your bets with every hand. To take advantage of a winning hand percentage, keep the bets close by within 5-10 dollars each time. When your pot is running low, don't make the emotional chase bets to try and make up the losses. Gain control of your play and keep it steady. Like most slot machines, blackjack offers a 96% payback to even. So when the action gets hot and you're losing control, take a quick 15 minute break and rest your thinking for the next session.

Tip#3-Don't bet a double down or split high pairs unless absolutely necessary. If the house has 3's-6's showing, that would be a smart move to play and more than likely you'll win 80% of those doubles or splits. Don't split face cards because they're almost a sure win. Split all aces when you get them. And don't split or double when the dealer is showing high cards. It's again all basic blackjack but you would be surprised at how many players stray away from this basic strategy when they're not thinking clearly.

Tip#4-Play a hot table! Examine hot tables by playing into the emotions and psychology of other players. Also take the time to examine a running 3 play session and try to get an understanding of the win to loss ratio of each player. It's not illegal but you're using this as a tool to find out which tables are sure bets.

Tip#5-And finally, don't be afraid to play one on one with the dealer. Not that it's a bad thing to play with a full table of players. But the more frequently a dealer has to shuffle, the easier it is to quickly turn the tide to the house's advantage. The change in the winning percentage is only about a 1-5% decrease but every little winning edge makes the difference in this game.

With these winning blackjack strategies, I've been able to achieve wins consistantly with over half the hands played. Additionally, it's important to know that these tips take patience and emotional control. Blackjack is not a patient game by nature and the common tendency for most players is instant gratification. As great as that is, I would much rather win five hundred over the course of 5-6 hours than try to make it happen with careless high bets and irrational playmaking in a short period of time. Just consider all these plays and think how fun it can be to leave a casino a winner every single time. In closing, this IS a game everyone can win every single time. Please play responsibly.